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Stories from Peru

Change and peace

In Peru's traditional coca-growing regions, small farmers are trying to break out of their dependence on illicit coca cultivation and switch to legal products such as cocoa or coffee. Alternative Development projects as a UNODC project financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to combat drug crop cultivation support them in their efforts. In 2018, the journalist Hildegard Willer spoke on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to farmers about how they experience and have helped shape change in their villages.

Stories from Albania

Isolation, unemployment and emigration

©Jutta Benzenberg, GIZ GmbH

Albania is one of the central countries of origin of cannabis in Europe. Even though cannabis cultivation is banned in Albania and the government is trying to curb it, the main cause of illegal cultivation remains: In the remote and poverty-stricken mountain regions, it is difficult to earn a decent living. The GPDPD spoke to residents of the Shkodra region in northern Albania in autumn 2019. The interview protocols provide an insight into a living situation that is characterized by isolation, unemployment and emigration.